INTIMACY – SOLO SHOW BY MAI GRYFFYDD
+ NEW LOW ON THE SIDE SOUND PERFORMANCES BY SOPHIE BROUS & TARQUN MANEK, DAN LEWIS & STACEY WILSON.
Opening night Tuesday 1st May 2012
Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th May 2012
“Intimacy” is a site-specific installation, located within the fields of expanded sculpture and expanded painting. Comprised of a large-scale wax painting across the vast gallery floor space, the work is made involving wax, dye, documentation and the human body. Its placement as a main feature on the floor highlights an interesting but often overlooked area; the floor tends to be seen an irrelevant but functional, a structure to walk through or a space to place items. “Intimacy” uses the floor space as a platform and focus for the presentation or production of work.
Used in cultural production since the Middle Ages, wax is commonly viewed as a traditional sculptural medium. Intimacy approaches the medium of wax with the painterly concerns of colour theory, gestural abstraction, line and form, using the medium in a less traditional manner. Through the time-consuming and highly repetitive process, every movement and gesture the artist makes is visible as expression in the installation. As the work develops, the colours mix and spread creating intricate configurations for the audience to discover and interact with.
The creation of the work within the space, including its private movements between the artist and the medium, are documented and projected alongside the work. Dismissing the notion of the focal point, the work encompasses the environment and interacts with the viewer through spatiality and spectator participation. The resultant multi-disciplinary installation aims to create an indefinable experience, a layered space in which the viewer can approach the work from multifarious positions.
Mai Gryffydd is a Melbourne based artist who’s practice moves between sculpture, video, performance and site specific projects. She is fascinated by repetitive processes and anomalies found in everyday life that might otherwise go unnoticed. These are incorporated in her ongoing investigation into the human body and its movements and gestures. Influenced by ideas of Susanne Langer and phenomenology, Mai seeks to create idiosyncratic experiences that are completely unique to each individual viewer. She is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Sculpture at RMIT University.